Legacies of Totalitarianism: Post-Totalitarian Europe

Course NameLegacies of Totalitarianism: Post-Totalitarian Europe
Course CodePOS375 / POS675
DescriptionThis course examines the common legacies of post-totalitarian societies. Totalitarian legacies are the lasting changes that totalitarianism imprints on different societies, despite their different long-term historical legacies and the immediate socio-economic circumstances of their exit from Communism. After totalitarianism, some of the radical revolutionary transformation of society is irreversible. The extermination, enslavement, imprisonment, terror, expropriation, suppression of talent, exclusion from education, and the isolation of society from the outside world, live on through their effects. The societies that emerge out of totalitarianism are scarred by totalitarianism for generations. This course sets to understand and explain these lingering legacies of totalitarianism.
Learning OutcomesUpon completion of this course, students will be able to:
– Comprehend and have a clear understanding of totalitarianism, late-totalitarianism and post- totalitarianism;
– Understand and analyze the past twenty-five years in the former Soviet Bloc;
– Place in context and lend perspective to post-totalitarian Europe in comparison with post-authoritarian and democratic Europe.
SchoolSchool of International Relations and Diplomacy (IRD)
LevelBachelor / Master
Number of credits (US / ECTS)3 US / 6 ECTS